We at Katha work tirelessly towards our literacy programme through innovative integrated educational system to develop a social, artistic and culturally rich awareness in children who live in urban slums and streets or in our tribal villages. Since 1989, we’ve driven our education model on a single powerful idea that children can bring change that is sustainable and real. We also see translation as a non-divisive tool in nation building. Thus, our unique model connects education with urban resurgence and provides creative solution through constant research in the form of story- based pedagogy.
Tamasha! The Activity Magazine for Spreading Holistic Awareness was initiated by Katha in 1988 as a childrens’ health and environment magazine, embodying ideas of sustainable development, family well-being, empowerment of girls and women and other life issues through stories, colourful illustrations and engaging activities. Meant primarily for children from non-literate families, especially in rural areas, Tamasha! also became an important tool for introducing children to India’s diverse languages and cultures. Over the ten years of its publication, 17 issues were brought out which reached to 25-30,000 schools, mostly rural, enjoying a readership of 25-30 children per unit. The magazine was displayed amongst quality magazines from all over the world in the International Board for Books for Youth and is now permanently exhibited in Germany. It also featured in American Who’s Who of Children’s Magazines!
Tamasha! still defines the theme and tone of the work at Katha. The Tamasha Roadshows and the Tamasha Easy Readers series signify the direction in which this big fat elephant is heading today!
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The Centre for Sustainable Learning was conceptualized in September 1989 to carry forward the vision of Tamasha! into arenas of education for equality and excellence.
Its main aims are:
- To provide quality education that is both relevant and fun to children from non-literate families.
- To develop creative teaching and learning material that uses story as its basis to develop our childrens’ motivation and ambition to excel.
- To find, foster and applaud good teaching, through in-service and pre-service training.
India has always been a land of storytellers. Told by traditional katha vachaks, village storytellers and one’s favourite grandmother, we have all heard stories that have taught us our values, our morals, our culture. “Katha” or the narrative is a special legacy that continues to exist in our country as a rich and fascinating tradition, moving with grace and felicity from the oral traditions to the written texts, from the heard word to the read.
Katha endeavours to spread the joy of reading, knowing, and living amongst adults and children, the common reader and the neo-literate. Since 1991, Katha Vilasam, the Story Research and Resource Centre, has fostered and applauded quality fiction from 21 Indian languages in the voice of over 600 writers and translators, bringing the best of these diverse worlds to a wider readership. Katha books began in 1990 with Tamasha!, the children’s magazine and one Katha Prize Stories collection a year. Today, we have over 300 published titles, including picture books for children, novels, poetry, biographies, critical essays and commentaries, anthologies of award-winning stories from master storytellers, stories that subvert stereotypes and celebrate the glorious polyphonous multiplicity that is India.
Katha children have accomplished much in 22 years; so have our communities as they move out of poverty with Katha. Quality education and publishing, in tandem, have worked to give them the quality edge for equitable development. Read more…